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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Italian audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Italy

Country profile: Italy

27 December 2020

When East Meets West hands out its awards

Trieste 2023 – WEMW/Awards

When East Meets West hands out its awards

The debut feature Still Life with Ghosts by Enrique Buleo and documentaries by Maryna Stepanska and Uce Volkan snagged the major prizes at the Italian co-production forum  

26 January 2023

The MIA Market in Rome hosts an event dedicated to the relationship between NFTs and the audiovisual industry

Industry / Market - Italy

The MIA Market in Rome hosts an event dedicated to the relationship between NFTs and the audiovisual industry

Participants discussed the potential, challenges and legal issues involved in exploiting this new technology  

25 January 2023

When East Meets West streams on Cineuropa

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

When East Meets West streams on Cineuropa

The Italian event features a handful of sessions that are being held in Trieste and will be streamed live by Cineuropa over the next few days  

20 January 2023

When East Meets West offers “something for everyone”

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

When East Meets West offers “something for everyone”

The Italian event has announced its juries along with a programme brimming with talks, parallel events and other activities for film professionals, unspooling from 22-25 January  

20 January 2023

Revenue and admissions rose by 81% and 79.6% in Italy between 2021 and 2022

Box Office - Italy

Revenue and admissions rose by 81% and 79.6% in Italy between 2021 and 2022

We’re still a far cry from pre-Covid figures, given the 48.2% drop in revenue and 51.6% fall in admissions vis-à-vis the average statistics in the period running 2017-2019  

12 January 2023

When East Meets West rounds off its selection

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

When East Meets West rounds off its selection

The Italian co-production forum has unveiled its picks for its sections targeting films at the post-production stage, the EAVE Slate and the Inspirational Labs  

11 January 2023

When East Meets West reveals its selection for 2023

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

When East Meets West reveals its selection for 2023

The line-up includes new projects by Mina Djukić, Volkan Üce, Marcelo Gomes, Letizia Lamartire, Marina Stepanska, Laurynas Bareisa and João Nuno Pinto  

16 December 2022

First Cut+ announces eight projects for its Trieste session

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

First Cut+ announces eight projects for its Trieste session

The line-up includes four feature-length debuts, and new films by Gabor Reisz and Goran Dević  

16 December 2022

Professionals ask for Italian-Balkan and European synergies to be strengthened at Rome's Balkan Film Festival

Industry / Market - Italy

Professionals ask for Italian-Balkan and European synergies to be strengthened at Rome's Balkan Film Festival

The creation of a common fund is the strategic objective to emerge from the workshop, held in Rome during the fifth edition of the festival dedicated to Balkan film  

06 December 2022

The theatrical crisis and the space remaining in the market for independent film formed the focus of Turin’s Production Days

Turin 2022 - Torino Film Industry

The theatrical crisis and the space remaining in the market for independent film formed the focus of Turin’s Production Days

Those active within the industry gave their opinions on the gloomy overview of the sector offered by Ergo Research expert Michele Casula  

05 December 2022

Italy will be present at the 8th edition of FOCUS-The Meeting Place for International Production

Industry / Market - UK/Italy

Italy will be present at the 8th edition of FOCUS-The Meeting Place for International Production

The event will unspool on 6 and 7 December in London’s Business Design Centre, showcasing the services, funds and locations available to international productions  

02 December 2022

The Alpi Film Lab has presented eight projects born out of Italian-French collaboration

Turin 2022 - Torino Film Industry

The Alpi Film Lab has presented eight projects born out of Italian-French collaboration

The eight stories put forward by as many French and Italian director-producer teams were heavily involved in the pitching session where Les Héros Américains scooped the Scarab Award  

30 November 2022

18 prizes supporting development and production were handed out at the TFL Meeting Event

Turin 2022 - Torino Film Industry

18 prizes supporting development and production were handed out at the TFL Meeting Event

A total of 315,000 euros were awarded during the closing night of the November co-production market, which concludes TorinoFilmLab’s annual cycle of training courses  

29 November 2022

The 15th TFL Meeting Event kas kicked off in Turin, with 30 feature film projects in the showcase

Turin 2022 - Torino Film Industry

The 15th TFL Meeting Event kas kicked off in Turin, with 30 feature film projects in the showcase

Between 24 and 26 November, TorinoFilmLab is presenting the new edition of the international co-production market and its projects developed in 2022  

25 November 2022

The Roma Lazio Film Commission is a finalist at the makers & shakers Awards

Industry / Market - Italy

The Roma Lazio Film Commission is a finalist at the makers & shakers Awards

The film commission has been selected for the awards celebrating excellence in global production, thanks to its "Patriarchs of Nature” initiative  

24 November 2022

Six First Cut Labs are on the lookout for their next projects

First Cut Lab 2023

Six First Cut Labs are on the lookout for their next projects

After enjoying its most successful year yet, the consultancy programme is awaiting new projects for its upcoming editions, dotted around the globe  

07 November 2022

MIDPOINT announces its selections for Smash Cut and Shorts

MIDPOINT 2022

MIDPOINT announces its selections for Smash Cut and Shorts

A total of five short films and three short-format series have been selected to take part in the institute’s programmes  

07 November 2022

WEMW opens the call for its EAVE Slate and Inspirational Labs

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

WEMW opens the call for its EAVE Slate and Inspirational Labs

The programmes are focused on boosting careers, accelerating strategic company development and reinforcing company sustainability  

31 October 2022

At the MIA, panellists ask: “Are free models set to reshape the European VoD landscape?”

MIA 2022

At the MIA, panellists ask: “Are free models set to reshape the European VoD landscape?”

The urgency of intercepting younger audiences, exploiting library titles and public support were among the topics tackled during the discussion  

19 October 2022

At the MIA, panellists discuss the ups and downs of current creative models in the independent film business

MIA 2022

At the MIA, panellists discuss the ups and downs of current creative models in the independent film business

More transparency, greater efforts to intercept younger audiences and the public financing of production outfits were among the solutions sought to build a healthier ecosystem  

17 October 2022

The eighth MIA ends on a high note, with wins for The Abbess, Brianza and Through the Winter

MIA 2022 – Awards

The eighth MIA ends on a high note, with wins for The Abbess, Brianza and Through the Winter

The market has strengthened its role within the global audiovisual industry and saw a 20% increase in participants on 2021 figures, with over 2,400 international delegates in attendance  

17 October 2022

At the MIA, the European Alliance launches call for new high-end projects, unveils new drama series

MIA 2022

At the MIA, the European Alliance launches call for new high-end projects, unveils new drama series

Speaking as one voice, the group has already produced nine high-end series and will aim to target younger audiences, promoting Europe’s values and creative talents  

13 October 2022

WEMW 2023 opens its first round of calls

Trieste 2023 – WEMW

WEMW 2023 opens its first round of calls

The upcoming edition of the co-production forum has also announced its two-year cycle of focus countries  

12 October 2022

Rome’s MIA unveils the full line-up for its 8th edition

MIA 2022

Rome’s MIA unveils the full line-up for its 8th edition

The numerous activities announced include various talks, content showcases featuring next season’s most hotly anticipated projects, and events in support of the Ukrainian film industry  

10 October 2022

TFL SeriesLab presents its 9 TV series projects to the MIA

MIA 2022

TFL SeriesLab presents its 9 TV series projects to the MIA

On Thursday 13 October, in Rome’s Cinema Barberini, the teams who developed these projects over the year will present their works to professionals at the International Audiovisual Market  

06 October 2022

Rome’s MIA announces some new additions for its 8th edition

MIA 2022

Rome’s MIA announces some new additions for its 8th edition

Novelties this year include a section dedicated to animated projects and the B2B Exchange support programme for the Ukrainian audiovisual industry  

30 September 2022

At the Venice Production Bridge, French experts discuss XR distribution strategies

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

At the Venice Production Bridge, French experts discuss XR distribution strategies

VENICE 2022: During the talk, it emerged that marketing strategies are playing a much bigger role than in the past, affecting the whole creative process  

14 September 2022

The Venice Film Festival hosts a Ukrainian Day

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

The Venice Film Festival hosts a Ukrainian Day

VENICE 2022: The initiative, held on 8 September, was organised to demonstrate the Italian festival’s solidarity with Ukraine and its support for the country’s film industry  

13 September 2022

During Venice’s VoD Market Day, Guy Bisson discloses the major streaming trends of the last 18 months

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

During Venice’s VoD Market Day, Guy Bisson discloses the major streaming trends of the last 18 months

VENICE 2022: The expert highlighted how AVoD and FAST are “a big thing now”, and how streamers are shifting their business model from customer acquisition to customer retention  

13 September 2022

Final Cut announces this year’s winners

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

Final Cut announces this year’s winners

VENICE 2022: The aim of the initiative, which has just wrapped its 10th edition, is to support films in post-production hailing from Africa, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria  

09 September 2022

At Venice, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk pledges its support for directors in danger

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

At Venice, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk pledges its support for directors in danger

VENICE 2022: It’s time to take action and expand the organisation’s operations, all of the panellists agreed  

08 September 2022

In Venice, the Roma Lazio Film Commission aims to support the growth of the sector and the territory

Venice 2022

In Venice, the Roma Lazio Film Commission aims to support the growth of the sector and the territory

This year, the film commission, which supported four titles, two of which were in competition, organised and participated in various networking and promotional activities  

06 September 2022

The European Writers Club and The Creatives promise to become powerhouses for writing talents

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

The European Writers Club and The Creatives promise to become powerhouses for writing talents

VENICE 2022: The priority of both endeavours is to create compelling, high-quality audiovisual content that can strengthen European unity, but which can also travel globally  

05 September 2022

Italian and Canadian professionals explore the new synergies between the two countries at the Venice Production Bridge

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

Italian and Canadian professionals explore the new synergies between the two countries at the Venice Production Bridge

VENICE 2022: The speakers talked through the potential co-production and collaboration opportunities involving Italy’s and Canada’s film-industry professionals, entrepreneurs and investors  

05 September 2022

At the Venice Production Bridge, experts discuss the environmental impact of immersive content

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

At the Venice Production Bridge, experts discuss the environmental impact of immersive content

VENICE 2022: The speakers highlighted the importance of rapidly implementing eco-friendly practices, including the installation of reusable panels and the reduction of travel-related emissions  

03 September 2022

At Nòt Film Fest, virtuous practices for producing while reducing environmental impact are discussed

Industry / Market - Italy

At Nòt Film Fest, virtuous practices for producing while reducing environmental impact are discussed

During the panel, the rules and opportunities offered by the Green Film mark of certification were particularly explored  

25 August 2022

Paramount+ to land in Italy on 15 September, announces over 8,000 hours of content at launch

Industry / Market - Italy/USA

Paramount+ to land in Italy on 15 September, announces over 8,000 hours of content at launch

The service will be the exclusive home to US shows along with new Italian productions such as Corpo libero, Circeo, 14 giorni and Miss Fallaci  

15 August 2022

Final Cut in Venice announces the 8 titles of its 10th edition

Venice 2022 – Venice Production Bridge

Final Cut in Venice announces the 8 titles of its 10th edition

The initiative supporting the post-production of films from African countries, as well as Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, will unspool from 3-5 September during the Venice Film Festival  

13 July 2022

63 projects set for the showcase at the Venice Gap-Financing Market

Venice 2022 - Venice Production Bridge

63 projects set for the showcase at the Venice Gap-Financing Market

These projects hailing from all over the world will take part in the nineth edition of the market, organised within Venice Production Bridge which is unspooling 2 - 4 September  

01 July 2022

The Roma Lazio Film Commission unveils a new €10 million fund to back international co-productions

Industry / Market - Italy

The Roma Lazio Film Commission unveils a new €10 million fund to back international co-productions

The body’s effort is aimed at attracting new international film, TV, documentary and animated productions  

22 June 2022

CIRCLE kicks off its fifth edition

Industry / Market - Serbia/Croatia/Italy

CIRCLE kicks off its fifth edition

This year’s Women Doc Accelerator gets its first module under way this week in Serbia, which will be followed by events in Croatia and at Trieste’s When East Meets West  

14 June 2022

Italy's FICE launches “Arthouse Summer” with a plea not to abandon cinemas

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Italy

Italy's FICE launches “Arthouse Summer” with a plea not to abandon cinemas

The Italian Federation of Arthouse Film is promoting a high-quality film offering for the summer period as cinema operators continue to suffer from audience erosion following the pandemic  

14 June 2022

The cinema exclusivity window for Italian films is now 90 days

Industry / Market - Italy

The cinema exclusivity window for Italian films is now 90 days

The new decree is now in force and confirms the implementation of 2018’s decree with all the anticipated mechanisms in place and with the sole modification of a reduction in days from 105 to 90  

09 June 2022

Sicily announces a €10.8m fund for film and TV productions

Industry / Market - Italy

Sicily announces a €10.8m fund for film and TV productions

Aiming to boost employment and tourism on the island, the grants will cover up to 20% of total production costs and back the making of features, shorts and TV series  

31 May 2022

The Roma Lazio Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions have made new commitments to the Ukraine, the UK and Israel

Industry / Market - Italy/Ukraine/UK/Israel

The Roma Lazio Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions have made new commitments to the Ukraine, the UK and Israel

CANNES 2022: The regional body has promised to host Ukrainian talent and presented the 2nd Crossing Script, whilst the national association has signed a memorandum with the British Film Commission  

25 May 2022

Vision Distribution’s The Eight Mountains is competing in Cannes

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

Vision Distribution’s The Eight Mountains is competing in Cannes

This year will see the Italian sales agent debuting in the French festival’s Official Selection by way of the movie by Belgian directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch  

16 May 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

True Colours pins all its hopes on Mario Martone’s Nostalgia

Cannes 2022 - Marché du Film

True Colours pins all its hopes on Mario Martone’s Nostalgia

For the very first time, the Roman sales agent is brandishing a title competing on the Croisette, not to mention an ample catalogue of Italian and European films  

13 May 2022

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